TOWARD A NATION GOLFING
WE SHAPE LIVES BY LEADING, CREATING, AND
PROMOTING POSITIVE GOLF EXPERIENCES
Passion / Respect / United / Accountable / Brilliant
PASSION – We share our incredible PASSION for golf with Ontarians
RESPECT – We demonstrate RESPECT and integrity in everything we do
UNITED – We work as a UNITED team with the goal of a UNITED golf industry
ACCOUNTABLE – We are ACCOUNTABLE, engaged, and committed with our actions
BRILLIANT – We strive to be BRILLIANT in everything we do and in the work we deliver
The Golf Ontario (formerly the Golf Association of Ontario) as it is currently structured came into being in November of 2001, following the amalgamation of the Ontario Golf Association and the Ontario Ladies Golf Association. Prior to the amalgamation, the OGA and the OLGA had represented amateur golfers in Ontario for close to 80 years and had done an excellent job of building and promoting the game.
At the time of the amalgamation only Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan had taken the step towards amalgamation. Since that time, all of the Provincial Golf Associations have amalgamated and in 2005 the Royal Canadian Golf Association and the Canadian Ladies Golf Association completed the process.
In the early days of Golf Associations in Ontario, there were small associations, representing Private Clubs in the Toronto area and providing a service that was specific to golf championships. Over our history, the association has grown to the point where today our Club Members include Private Clubs, Semi-Private Clubs and Public Golf Clubs. The majority of our individual members are at the Private and Semi-Private Clubs, but the association also offers opportunities for individuals to join directly as members of a Public Player Program. At the present time, Golf Ontario represents over 450 Member Clubs and over 92,000 individuals making it one of the largest Amateur Golf Associations in the world.
Golf Ontario is thrilled to announce the launch of its’ new Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2022 to help guide the organization’s efforts over the next four years.
The aim of this document is to outline the strategic direction for Golf Ontario, which acts as the Provincial Sport Organization for golf in Ontario, as recognized by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. This plan is the result of a coordinated effort by Golf Ontario Board members, staff, and other key stakeholders in the golf industry.
Mike Kelly, Executive Director of Golf Ontario, expressed his excitement for the direction the Strategic Plan provides for the organization. “ As the golf industry continues to evolve, Golf Ontario’s vision “Toward a Nation Golfing” recognizes that we must continue to be the trusted custodian of the game and to continue to elevate our leadership to deliver on our mission of Shaping Lives through Golf in all of the communities we serve”, said Kelly. Kelly continued to say that “During the Strategic Planning process, a common theme emerged, and what became clear is that our partnership with golf clubs and facilities is vitally important to strengthen our relationship with golfers and impact on the golf community”
Equity, diversity and inclusion in golf is also an important thread in this plan, and this includes a focus on engaging women and girls as well as a commitment to ensuring golf is available to ALL. Kelly went on to add, “In 2019 we will be launching a new Provincial Championship for Golfers with a Disability which is a huge step in the right direction for an inclusive golf community in Ontario.”
“Partner Focused”, as Golf Ontario is calling the Strategic Plan, will anchor itself around the vision of “Toward a Nation Golfing”, recognizing the importance of growing the game of golf in Canada’s largest province. As well, the plan identifies the new mission of the organization which has been articulated as “We shape lives by leading, creating, and promoting positive golf experiences”. Kelly also is quick to point out that “While this plan offers a roadmap for Golf Ontario for the next 4 years, it has to be recognized that its’ success relies heavily on partnership, commitment, and effort by all of our stakeholders to deliver on these key objectives”